Saturday, July 5, 2014

Book Review - A Memory Worth Dying For


"Do Not Return To Texas!” Marti Rushing gets the message, loud and clear. If she returns to Texas, her life is in danger. If she stays in Tennessee, she’s safe. But when she receives a letter telling her that Daniel, her ex-husband and the love of her life, is dying, she knows she has to defy the stalker and return to Texas to see him. Three years ago, Daniel accused her of things she couldn’t remember doing. Without waiting for an explanation and after four wonderful years of marriage, Daniel kicks her off of his family’s Quarter Horse ranch. Now, three years after their separation, he walks into her art reception in Tennessee and acts like he doesn’t remember her. Does the memory loss have anything to do with the letter she received, or is Daniel pretending? Is he the one stalking her, or is it someone with a deadly, sinister motive? Ignoring the deadly warnings, she leaves for Texas, but on the way there, the attempts on her life begin. Will she be able to evade her pursuer’s attacks? Or will Daniel’s face be the last one she sees?


Joanie has a strong passion for reading, and her love for books with “nail-biting suspense,” inspires her to write contemporary suspense books. Thankful that God has given her the ability to write from her home in the country, she strives to use that opportunity to honor Him in all of her writing. Joanie and her husband, Ben, live in a country home near Madison, Georgia, right in the middle of a pasture full of beef cows. There they raised and homeschooled their three children. She enjoys cooking, taking long walks, painting oil portraits, and caring for their home in the country.


This was an unusual storyline. Marti is an artist who has been on the run from a stalker after her husband and his family turn their back on her because of something she has done. Unfortunately, she can't remember what happened because the accident was so bad, she hasobno memory of it. The family is going by something a well respected member of the community has told them. Marti believes that the stalker has something to do with her ex-husband because he was so angry and he still wants to punish her.

Then she gets a letter from her former father-in-law telling her that Daniel, her ex husband, is dying and he wants to see her before he dies. Her love for him compels her to go despite being warned to not return to Texas.

The story has a lot of twists and turns, however, I figured out exactly who did what and who was behind the threats to Marti quite quickly. Perhaps it's because I've read so many mysteries, but I do think the story line was a bit obvious. From that point of view, it was a disappointment because I figured things out so soon in the book. However, the author redeemed the story by making the ending quite frightening and it was "edge of your seat" reading for the last couple of chapters.

It was a nice, easy read with likeable characters and tragic events. I did think that the ending regarding Chris, the child in the story, was a wee bit ridiculous. It's hard for me to believe he wouldn't have had a bad reaction to the changes that happened in his life. Despite these few things, I still enjoyed the book and stayed up late to finish it because I was invested in the characters, which is always a good sign of a good book.  I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Ambassador International

Blessings - Julie

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